I am a contemporary artist who loves to play around and mingle with colour. This is what describes me these days. Painting for me is a way to express my deepest feelings and emotions which otherwise I find difficult to communicate. Life amazes me. Questions about our existence, our purpose in life and life beyond death often perplex me. Who are we humans? Why are we all so different? Why are we treated differently based on man-made falsities? These are some of the questions I seek answers to.
I was recently at an invigorating gathering in Luxembourg called Trans-Atlantic Dialogues and was fortunate to run into a young woman called Johanna Suo. I have known Johanna for four years; we met in Berlin when she was speaking at the launch of the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network. Since then she has been involved with various European networks and I am always impressed by her clarity of vision and tenacity. She is young and energetic and, having worked at Innovation Culture Europe (www.ice-eu.net ), conceptualised a project about European identity for the Goethe-Institut Paris and is now working as Director of Development at Culture and Media Agency Europe (www.culture-media.eu). She has extensive European knowledge. Recently she was awarded the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (aiming to strengthen Trans-Atlantic relations and understanding). I'm pleased to include her in my Women of Influence series. I managed to get a few minutes of her time to hear about one of her latest initiatives.
Later this year we will begin our Creative Cities series, which will look at Creative Cities in the Commonwealth - a nice link to the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow this year. However, London is always pushing the boundaries when it comes to new and innovative initiatives and something quite special has been happening near London Bridge. Britain is strengthening its commitment to public engagement with science in a new Science Gallery in London with whom this journal hopes to build an ongoing relationship. I went to meet the new Director, Dr Daniel Glaser, to hear all about it.
During September 2013 art as universal text will be explored as a central theme to the 9th Kaunas Biennale and these high standard events are greatly supported offering the potential for future international dialogue.
It's really great that this Journal is now being read in 106 countries and that we are now receiving content from many of them, which we will be able to share in the coming weeks.
I am working on three new series. The first is Creative Cities which looks at different Cities in the Commonwealth and why they are burgeoning creatively. There will be 12 cities and so far we have selected 9, so if you have suggestions or want to write about your city then do get in touch. The second series is about women who are working internationally who have made a clear contribution and a real difference to their creative field. Again I'm working on a series of 12 and so far I have 8 profiles in the pipeline. The third series is really inspiring and, as mentioned in my recent Peruvian blog, will profile creative individuals who are doing something daring and innovative in their part of the world, often against the odds.